Francisco Alpízar is Senior Researcher and former Director of Research at the Tropical Agricultural Research and Higher Education Center (CATIE) in Costa Rica. He is also a Senior Research Fellow of the Environment for Development Initiative. His research explores incentive based approaches to improve private and public management and use of natural resource. Drawing on basic concepts and methodologies from the fields of environmental, development and behavioral economics, he studies individual decision-making in a context in which changes in private decisions are key to achieve higher social welfare (e.g. consumption decisions, use of natural resources by households and farmers). Some specific areas of interest are:
- Design and application of economic policy instruments;
- Environmental valuation methods (Contingent Valuation Method and Choice experiments);
- Design, financing and evaluation of mechanisms for Payment for Ecosystem Services;
- Management and funding of natural protected areas;
- Community-based management of water resources;
- Ecosystem based adaptation to climate change;
- Applications of experimental and behavioral economics.
Francisco's work is focused on applied, policy relevant research. As such his work is not only published in numerous peer reviewed journals, but has also been used in the design and evaluation of public policies. He has been an advisor to national governments in Latin America and multilateral organizations and NGOs (e.g GEF-World Bank, the IADB, UNDP, WWF, IUCN, etc.).